Nintendo races into 2018 with new titles, remastered ports, and game updates


But among news about Dark Souls, free Super Mario Odyssey DLC and a new Mario Tennis game on the Switch, the Nintendo Direct Mini confirmed that a remake of legendary Nintendo DS J-RPG The World Ends With You is en route, and that's literally all I care about.

We'll also see some new indies make their way to the Nintendo Switch. Not to mention it's the first time you can play a Dark Souls video game anywhere you want! New updates, DLC, remasters, and re-releases were among the highlights.

Pokken Tournament DX is getting a new DLC Battle Pack, which will be released in two waves. Wave 1, releasing on January 31 will introduce the new battle character Aegislash with the support set Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Wave two (March 23) will add fighter Blastoise and support Pokémon Mew and Celebi. The company has not revealed the specific release date, but the game will be available sometime this year. But of course, the console's stunning numbers in other territories mean that it will get a constant stream of new games also in Japan, and new releases like Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT and especially Monster Hunter: World could prove to be big hits for the console. You will also be able to combine powers together in creative ways.

Mario Tennis Aces is expected to release this Spring exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The demo can be downloaded from the eShop and played docked or portably. This ultimate version of Hyrule Warriors will feature all 29 combined characters and maps from the Wii U and 3DS versions, as well as all the premium DLC complete in one package. Plus there's new costumes for Link and Zelda based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The port will also have local co-op, which can be done with the joy-cons.

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The standout ports include Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition.

From Nintendo, we'll see Mario Tennis Aces this spring. Mario Tennis Aces was announced for a spring 2018 release - it will have story mode, the first since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on the Game Boy Advance.

Super Mario Odyssey will be getting a free update next month. For those who may not have dabbled in the earlier portable versions of this series, they had story modes where you climbed the ranks in your tennis school in order to take on some of the greatest tennis players in the world, including Mario and his friends.

Luigi's Balloon World is a competitive mode players can access by finding Luigi in each kingdom.